Dec 2, 2021; Washington D.C., — After a robust national search, Nik Khilnani joined NPR as VP of Engineering on November 8, 2021. This Digital Media role supports our strong team of full stack, front-end, mobile, dev ops, test automation and QA staff, and plays a leading role in defining and communicating an architectural vision for the next generation of technical and infrastructural systems. With his team, Khilnani bears responsibility for developing and supporting a suite of world-class digital products and systems used within NPR and across the public media digital ecosystem.
"Nik has an impressive track record of leadership in both engineering and media with executive leadership roles," said NPR President and CEO John Lansing. "As VP Engineering, Nik will help us anticipate and serve the changing needs of a new generation of audio listeners and news consumers, and play a leading role in creating and executing a technical strategy to grow the business. Importantly, Nik has experience overseeing strategic digital work with content partners
"For my family and me, NPR has been a part of our daily lives for years. The wide range of thoughtful content opens up our minds in so many ways! I am excited at the opportunity to help innovate and grow NPR's technology platforms and consumer applications to provide the best possible experience for listeners and readers," added Khilnani. "It is an honor to work with such a talented group of colleagues toward the growth and success of NPR and its Member stations."
Previously Khilnani served as VP of Engineering at Lurn Inc and Senior Director of Platform Engineering at the Walt Disney Company. He also had digital roles at National Geographic Partners and Gannett Digital. He earned his bachelor's in computer science from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and his MBA in Marketing and Product Development from the University of Maryland - Robert H. Smith School of Business.
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